After a major eSports event this week, a dedicated fan of eSports game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive paid over $60,000 for one weapon skin.
The skin in question is the sniper rifle skin Dragon Lore. One of the things that makes it so special is that it’s the rarest item drop in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s Cobblestone Packages. They cost around $30 and are only available to eSports fans who tune into ELeague Major Events. Other than skins, the packages contain stickers that have electronic autographs of different pro players, which can then be put onto the weapon skins. The skins themselves have different conditions of rarity, with “factory new” being the rarest of those conditions.
Not only is Dragon Lore itself the rarest skin, the one that was purchased also had a sticker with the electronic autograph of Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, a pro player for eSports team Cloud9. The team won first place this past Monday at ELeague Major: Boston, making them the first American team to take the top spot at a Valve sponsored event, and Latham himself was awarded as MVP of the entire tournament.
The double whammy of Cloud9 winning and Lathan being named MVP caused the price of Dragon Lore to jump significantly. It was initially posted for $35,000 on opskins.com, a site where CS:GO players can go to buy and sell weapon skins. The skin ended up selling for $61,052.63 when Drone, a seller on the site, and an unnamed buyer came to an agreed upon price that worked out for both parties. To put it in perspective, PC Gamer stated the highest priced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive item that sold in 2017 was a holographic iBuyPower sticker, which went for around $4,500.
When speaking to Polygon, Drone had this to say, “We agreed on that price since that was the only price I was willing to accept. Otherwise I would have kept it.” He also told Polygon that he initially purchased the skin for only $35,000. Drone then went on to say, “I didn’t originally get into this game solely for profit. I just got very lucky a couple of times, and money is more valuable to different people. I’m very lucky in my financial state to where I can afford to buy these skins and it does not affect me.”
Polygon attempted to contact the buyer for any comments they may have, but no response has been received as of this writing.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now available for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.